Recommended Lancaster Wineries

Visiting one of the Lancaster wineries is an enjoyable way for the family to spend an afternoon. Whether you choose to take a wine tour, picnic on the grounds, or attend an evening concert beneath the stars, you're bound to experience something different.

Of course, you will also have the opportunity to sample the wines and purchase your favorite.

Here are some recommended Lancaster wineries as well as some noteworthy vineyards in the surrounding region.

Lancaster County Winery

Lancaster County Winery
Address:799 Rawlinsville Road, Willow Street, PA 17584
Phone: (717) 464-3555
Directions: The winery is located eight miles south of Lancaster City. From Lancaster City, take Route 222 South, then Route 272 South. You then turn right onto Baumgardener Road for 1 mile. Next, turn Left onto Rawlinsville Road for 2 miles. Lancaster County Winery is on the Left.

This Lancaster Winery offers a selection of White, Pink and Red Wines ranging from Dry to Sweet. Unlike the other wineries listed on this page, the Lancaster County Winery specializes in hosting weddings and receptions. The beautiful, natural setting makes it a good choice for such an event.

Also, the winery offers a unique facility for business luncheons, theme parties, church services/picnics and more.

Although you can telephone to arrange a personal tour, this Lancaster winery is primarily a location to host spectacular parties and weddings.

In any case, there is a classy Wine Tasting Bar & Wine Shop at Lancaster County Winery which is open daily.

Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate

Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate
Address: 140 Vintage Drive, Bainbridge, PA 17502
Phone: (717) 426-3514 or (800) 522-2387
Hours: Monday through Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Direction: Turn off Route 441 onto Wickersham Road (8 miles north of Columbia, PA). Then, follow the signs at the intersections.

The Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate is a family-owned and operated winery that has been growing grapes and producing Nissley wines in western Lancaster County for over 25 years.

14 varieties of grapes are grown and 25 different varieties of wine are produced.

This Lancaster winery offers free self-guided / wine sampling tours for 1 - 8 people. These tours are available anytime during regular hours. However, tours will not be started within 30 minutes hour of closing time.

Guided wine sampling tours are also available for groups of 9 or more persons by reservation only and tour times are limited to Friday morning. Currently, the cost is $5.00 per person. Please call the winery for further details.

Usually throughout the months of July and August, the Nissley Estate hold a series of eight open-air concerts held each Saturday on the spacious lawn. The concerts usually run from 7:30 PM until 10:00 PM. Each week offers a different regional band playing swing, big-band, light-rock and oldies. Dancing on tree-shaded patios is available or you can just sit back and enjoy the show while having a picnic supper on lawn chairs and blankets.

Although you won't be allowed to bring your own alcoholic beverages, chilled Nissley wines will be available. Please note that minors and pets are not permitted at the lawn concerts.

Twin Brook Winery

Twin Brook Winery
Address: 5697 Strasburg Road, Gap, PA
Phone: (717) 442-4915
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-6; Sunday 12-5
Directions: If you are coming from the City of Lancaster: Follow Route 30 East to Route 41 South. On Route 41 South proceed straight at the 1st traffic light. As you crest the hill turn left onto Strasburg Road directly before the Turkey Hill Minute Mart. The winery is 1 3/4 miles on the left.

Encompassing about 40 acres, the grounds that the Twin Brook Winery occupies was originally granted to the Religious Society of Friends by William Penn's brother over 300 years ago. It later became a dairy farm for a number of years. Most recently, it became the present winery in 1989.

Approximately, two-thirds of the grapes are produced from classic European vinifera. The remainder come from French hybrid vines.

Twin Brook Winery offers tours of the facilities where you can learn about the different phases of wine making - from harvesting, crushing and fermentation to barrel aging and bottling.

The Lancaster winery also offers picnic areas, outdoor concerts, indoor art shows, and other special events.

The winery offers a summer concert series as well as fall harvest concert series every Saturday night from 6:30 to 9:30. The music will be held in the "Greenhouse".

You might want to call ahead to reserve a table and find out who will be performing. You are also welcome to bring your own blankets, chairs and picnic baskets.

Beer, non-Twin Brook wine & spirits are not permitted on the premises. Also, pets and barbecue grills are not allowed either. The cost is $10 per adult. Minors are not allowed.

Furthermore, the Twin Brook Winery offers wine-tasting classes as well as a variety of art exhibits throughout the year. You may wish to call to find out what special events will be held during your visit.

If you would like to further your exploration of Pennsylvania wineries, you may wish to visit one of the neighboring vineyards just outside of Lancaster County, here are some recommended Pennsylvania wineries worth checking out.

Moreover, if you are interested in the Lancaster wineries, you might also want to consider visiting one of the Lancaster breweries where you can sample some local Lancaster brew. Some of the breweries offer tours where you'll discover firsthand how the beer is made as well as learn about the fascinating history of the brewery business in Lancaster County. Some people don't realize how big the institution was a century ago in this region.

Of course, the Lancaster breweries offer plenty of special events and festivals throughout the year as well as live music, art exhibits, and really good restaurants.

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